The Missoula Alliance Church collects an annual Christmas Eve offering to fund the many community ministries it sponsors.
The KGVO spoke with Senior Pastor Micah Dalbey this week, after announcing on Sunday that the goal of $ 48,000 was nearly doubled by the congregation to more than $ 81,000.
Dalbey explained the annual offering taken during the church’s two Christmas Eve services.
“For approximately 14 years as a church we have used our Christmas Eve service to receive an offering which is entirely intended to bless our community and show them love in a practical way by responding most immediately to questions. needs that we see in our community, ”said Pastor Dalbey.
“Dalbey said that one of the first ministries to come to the community actually offered free car repairs to families in need.
“It started with the MAC Garage, a machine shop that we have here on our property that provides free minor auto maintenance for single parents and various other things,” he said. “We also have some partnerships with public schools where we do everything we can to help and bless these families and teachers and meet the needs that we see there.”
In addition to a special host family closet that distributes free clothing and supplies to host families, Dalbey said the church also serves refugee communities here in Missoula.
“We have just started a ministry of essentially helping refugees resettle in Missoula and meeting their practical, cultural and spiritual needs in any way possible,” he said. “Thanks to the generosity of our church last Christmas Eve, we were able to buy a small house in the heart of Missoula, and our heart there is not withdrawn from the community up the hill but down anchored in community, which is how Jesus is and was and how he shaped that presence with people.
Dalbey said the church (like most churches) no longer “passes the offering tray” due to COVID concerns, but has offer boxes mounted on the wall to raise funds, in addition to ” donate online. He said he was blown away by the generosity of the congregation this Christmas Eve.
“We’ve set the target of $ 48,800, and that’s a pretty typical Christmas Eve offering target that represents the projected operating budgets for these four or five different ministry areas, if you want to call them that. “, did he declare. “So $ 48,800 is what we threw in there, and people gave $ 81,691.85 in response to what we’re saying, God thank you and wow, how cool!” But we are also just curious about what God would have us do that we are not currently doing to further His redemptive work in our city.
The church is located at the top of Hillview Way.
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